Mike McCall gets points for consistency with his follow-up on Janoris Jenkins, but that’s not the part that interests me. Rather, it’s the choice he believes the program faced with the Jenkins decision:
… So, what is gained? If only for a moment, the Gators’ reputation as The New Thug U may go away. There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s ready to get everyone in line. But do you really care? Would you rather people poke fun at your team for arrests while they win titles, or would you rather be praised as a more wholesome, 8-4 program?
Personally, I’d choose door number three (arrests and the mediocre record), but that ship appears to have sailed from Gainesville, at least for the moment. Seriously, I get his point. It’s certainly an attitude that’s shared by other Gators. And, to be fair, by many fans of other programs.
I find it to be a little weird, though, to be weighing how much bang for the buck you get with kids who break the law. Or whether there’s valid linkage between the Fulmer Cup standings and BCS appearances. Your mileage may vary, of course.